What you need to know about trailer tires

Don’t let a flat ruin your day. Here are four ways to make sure your trailer tires are in good shape and ready to roll.

EQUUS - - Equus - By Hope El­lis-Ash­burn

Don’t let a flat ruin your day. Here are four ways to make sure your trailer tires are in good shape and ready to roll.

One of the life skills my father taught me early was how to change a trailer tire. He thought this abil­ity was a must-have for any kid who grew up on a farm, but es­pe­cially for me, be­cause he couldn’t al­ways come along to all the horse shows and other ac­tiv­i­ties I had planned.

I prob­a­bly balked at the time, but now I’m glad he was per­sis­tent. In my 30 years of trav­el­ing with horses, I have had to per­form an emer­gency tire change twice---and both times I was thank­ful I was pre­pared and knew how to do it. I some­times travel alone, and in my ru­ral area, cell phone cov­er­age is not al­ways read­ily avail­able, so it might not be easy to sim­ply call for help when I need it.

The best way to deal with a road­side emer­gency is to pre­vent it from hap­pen­ing in the first place. That’s why I am al­ways vig­i­lant about pre­ven­tive main­te­nance and I in­spect my trailer and tires be­fore every trip. And even for the short­est of lo­cal trips, I al­ways make sure I’m pre­pared to han­dle what­ever me­chan­i­cal trou­bles may arise. Here’s what I’ve learned over the years.

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